I read In the Garden of Beasts
at my grandmother's suggestion just last year, Ridonks. Great story, that one.
I spend just about every Sunday at the beach now that I live on the Cape...which is giving me ample time to get quality reading time in, so I'm back to my habit of keeping two books going at once.
I've very recently restarted Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series but I'm going through them in chronological order this time, so I'm on Red Rabbit
right now: CIA attempts to bring in a KGB comms officer who is sending data to Washington while Jack is simultaneously using that data to help foil the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II. Not his best story but not his worst either. I'm a Jack fanboy, though.
This isn't the cover of mine, btw.
Concurrently, I'm reading Dear Leader: My Escape from North Korea
by Jang Jin-Sung. This guy was what we would consider Kim Jong-Il's poet laureate. I've found that the majority of the tales you read of escapes from the DPRK come from the common people. Its rare to see one of the privileged upper crust of North Korean society take the risk to get out of dodge. Its a different lens to see this crazy place through and so far its pretty good.